Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!
The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.
In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.
Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.
Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.
Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”
Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.
In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.
No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.
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